Dimapur, January 27: On the occasion of the National Girl Child Day, the State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) Nagaland, – Women Helpline 181 and Sakhi-One Stop Centre of Kohima and Dimapur in collaboration with the Nagaland State Social Welfare Board observed the weeklong celebration of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Week from January 21 to 26 on the theme Empowering Girls for a Better Tomorrow.
The six-day program had varied activities and awareness targeting the stakeholders of all age groups at large. One of the important objectives of this program is to disseminate information on various issues concerning the Girl Child through media, distribution of pamphlets, etc. And as such, radio messages on Health and Nutrition by the POSHAN Abhiyan Scheme and The Implications of Early Child Marriage and POCSO Act by the Integrated Child Protection Society (ICPS) both under the Department of Social Welfare were aired during this week as part of the BBBP campaign.
The celebration started off with Door-to-Door Awareness Campaign at Officers’ Hill, New Market and Jotsoma in Kohima and Kuda Village, Residency Colony and PWD Colony in Dimapur to sensitize the people on Women Helpline-181 and Sakhi- One Stop Centre.
A total number of 105 households were covered under this campaign, including the vegetable vendors in and around these places. Posters and stickers of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Women Helpline 181 and Sakhi-One stop Centre were pasted on Panchayats, Anganwadi Centres and other Specific locations.
A slogan competition was held with the students of Alder College, Kohima. The slogan “We want to be saved, not raped. Respect Woman; the World will be a Better Home without Fear” was awarded the First prize.
Erenbeni Mozhui, Chumbeni Murry and Konangtila were awarded with the first, second and third prizes respectively. A brief awareness on 181 -Women Helpline, Sakhi-One Stop Centre and BBBP was also highlighted by the Women Helpline Team. Besides, a drawing competition was held with the children at Kohima Orphanage as part of the campaign. Awareness on the Various Laws and Acts for the Welfare of Children was organized at “Dimapur Government College” in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authority. Zuchumbeni Ngullie, Panel Lawyer DLSA was the key speaker for the program.
The Sakhi-One stop Centre Dimapur also took the opportunity to share on the Psycho Social Support available for Violence affected Women and ethical guidelines for counselling and awareness on 181 -Women Helpline, Sakhi-One Stop Centre and BBBP.
The SRCW Nagaland – Women Helpline-181, Sakhi-One Stop Centre, in collaboration with Nagaland State Social Welfare Board and the Directorate of Social Welfare visited the Maternity Ward of Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima and District Hospital Dimapur to felicitate girl children and mothers as part of the campaign to celebrate the birth of the Girl Child, encourage the parents to bring up their child at par with the boys and to spread the awareness among people about the security and education of the Girl Child.
Awareness generation program was also held at Primary Health Centre (PHC), P Khel and Urban Primary Health Centre (UPHC), D.Khel by distributing pamphlets and posters on the same. A short write up on the occasion was also highlighted in the local dailies as part of the celebratory week.
The celebration had also witnessed a street play at the Old MLA Hostel Junction in Kohima performed by the Volunteers of Science College Evangelical Union, Kohima on issues highlighted under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) campaign’s theme.
With three acts, the play centered on themes of domestic violence and abuse, cyber-crime, preference of the boy child over the girl child and issues of social reticence that is prevalent in the Naga society.
Questions on the disparity of literacy rates of boys and girls were also raised in one of the acts, with the performer asking why Nagaland currently has a literacy rate of 83% for boys and 76% for girls. The play also informed the masses on the Women Helpline-181 and Sakhi- One Stop Centre (OSC).
A signature campaign on the theme, Empowering Girls for a Better Tomorrow, was carried forward throughout the week, raising concerns and issues about the girl child, and how, together we can help ensure a better life and safety for her, pledging ourselves to help, guide and protect the girl towards her future.
To culminate the weeklong program of the BBBP week, a program was held at the office of Nagaland State Social Welfare Board with the staffs wherein, Smt. Bano Vinito, the Chairperson of the office, said, “It starts with you….to be able to bring about the change you want to see in the future”.
She further encouraged the staffs to be passionate about their work. Taking an example of the National award for BBBP for which NSSWB is the Nodal agency, she emphasised that the state board is proud of the achievement and happy to see the growth of schemes and programs while congratulating the SRCW team for their tireless contributions in making it to the top. (Page News Service)